Do you ever feel like you're running around like a chicken with its head cut off? How can you integrate the various pieces of yourself together? Be inspired by my conversation with Cyndi Lee on "integrating your self."
Let's ditch the the 99% slogan. In these dire circumstances we must be the 100% -- not because it sounds better, but because all 100% of us are deeply intertwined. We have no choice about this, and to start from any other place will leave us missing the fundamental pieces of transformation.
That drive to serve is what draws us together as a community: the Yoga Community has a divine spirit, but does it have the tools to make a difference? My wife and I had an idea to help ALL of us use our practice to do good. Together.
The Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Jain leaders present at the White House did not simply want to find common cause in the present but determine systematic ways of articulating their religious values through action in the future.
In the west, we think of yoga primarily as a form of exercise. Although physical postures make up one branch of this philosophy, yoga in general is so much more. The Sanskrit word "yoga" means to yoke, or to unite. The purpose of yoga is to experience the connection we have with the divine.
You would think that, as an Iyengar-style yoga teacher of three (mere) years' standing, I might at least notice if a one-legged yogini (female yoga student) "walked" into my classroom. Reader, I did not notice.
For me to be able to present a workshop based on early mindfulness teachings is a big thrill. The material at the time was so juicy, and it still is. It's about making everyday life the root of your dharma practice, not just incidental events that happen while you're trying to get enlightened.
The significance of such an approach to dialogues is not dependent upon whether both sides agree or disagree on a given issue; rather, that we are comfortable accepting these differences as a starting point.
I love Buddhism and I'm all for forgiveness among us flawed humans. But only after unrepentant mass murderers who outstrip every definition of evil Webster's can muster are, to paraphrase President Obama, taken off the field.